Accession Number:

AD1010540

Title:

U.S. Military Technology Dependence: The Hidden Vulnerability to National Security

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report,27 Jul 2015,10 Jun 2016

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV NORFOLK VA NORFOLK United States

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Report Date:

2016-06-10

Pagination or Media Count:

68.0

Abstract:

Because the U.S. has a technological culture, the U.S. military has become technology dependent. This dependence has made the military more vulnerable and has plunged the DoD into a perpetual cycle of purchasing technology to fill shortfalls resulting from reductions in manpower, technology evolutions, and to maintain the leading edge. Because technology is increasing in per-unit cost, the DoD purchases fewer items which increases the impact of minimal losses in combat. It is feasible that while technology can make warfighting more efficient, the military can become so technology dependent that the organization no longer recognizes that technology has made it more vulnerable strategically, operationally, and tactically. The United States military is going through a cyclic downsizing of force strength when all the people are gone, where does the military turn to backfill human capacity This thesis will address three fallacies associated with overdependence on technology in the U.S. military first, that technology reduces manpower requirements, second that it is less expensive to use technology in lieu of humans in warfighting. and finally, that incorporating technology in operations ensures a decisive victory in today and future conflicts. Reversing technology dependence requires better integration, complementary technologies among the services, decreasing the innovation to fielding timeline, and practice in degraded technology environments.

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE